Muhaddas is term used by Holy Prophet for one of those
“to whom Allah speaks, but are not prophets” (hadith in Bukhari).
Hazrat Mirza claimed to be muhaddas as opposed to
claiming to be a prophet. (Ref)
Promised Messiah is no more than a muhaddas (Ref)
Extracts from statements of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
RK = Ruhani Khaza’in, the 23 volume collection
of books of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
MI = Majuma Ishtiharat, collection of published announcements
of Hazrat Mirza.
1. “I have not claimed prophethood, nor
have I said to them that I am a prophet. ... I did not say anything
to the people except what I wrote in my books, namely, that I am
a muhaddas and God speaks to me as He speaks to muhaddases.”
Hamamat al-Bushra, 1894, p. 79; RK 7: 296-297. [TOP]
2. “O brothers, I have been sent as a muhaddas from
God, to you and to all those on earth. ... and He has sent me at
the head of this century”
Ainah Kamalat Islam, 1893, p. 367; RK 5: 367.
3. “I am not a prophet but a muhaddas from God, and
a recipient of Divine revelation so that I may re-vitalise the religion
of the Holy Prophet, and He has raised me at the head of the century.”
ibid., p. 383; RK 5: 383.
4. “There is no claim of prophethood. On the contrary, the
claim is of sainthood (muhaddasiyyat) which has been advanced
by the command of God.”
Izala Auham, 1891, pp. 421–422; RK 3: 320.
5. “I firmly believe that our Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace
be upon him, is the Khatam al-anbiya, and after him no prophet
shall come for this nation (umma), neither new nor old ...
Of course, muhaddases will come who will be spoken to by
God, and possess some attributes of full prophethood by way of zill
(reflection), and in some ways be coloured with the colour of prophethood.
I am one of these.”
Nishan Asmani, 1892, p. 28; RK 4: 390-391.
6. “If it is said that in the Mosaic order
those who were raised for the advocacy of the faith were prophets,
and Jesus was also a prophet, the reply is that the prophet (nabi)
and the saint (muhaddas) are on a par in terms of being sent
(mursal). Just as God has called prophets as mursal,
so has He termed saints as mursal. …
… by ‘messengers’ are meant those who are sent, whether such a
one is an apostle (rasul), prophet (nabi) or saint
(muhaddas). As our Master and Apostle, may
peace and the blessings of God be upon him, is the Khatam
al-anbiya’ (Last of the Prophets), and after him there cannot
come any prophet, for this reason saints have been substituted for prophets in this Shariah.”
Shahadat-ul-Quran, 1893, p. 27-28. RK 6: 323-324.
Promised Messiah no greater
7. “It must be remembered that the
claim of being the Promised Messiah is no greater than the claim
of being a recipient of revelation from Allah and a mujaddid
from Allah. It is obviously clear that whoever holds the
rank that God speaks to him, he can be named from Allah as ‘like
of Messiah’ or ‘like of Moses’; all these titles are allowed for
A’inah Kamalat Islam, 1893, p. 340; RK 5: 341. [TOP]
8. “God has promised that no rasul shall be sent
after the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and the students of Hadith have
surely made an extremely grave error in believing, by just seeing
the word ‘Jesus’ or ‘son of Mary’, that the very same son of Mary,
who was a rasul of God, shall descend from heaven. It did
not occur to them that his coming is tantamount
to the departure of the religion of Islam from this world.
In Sahih Muslim there is a hadith about this, namely, that
the Messiah shall come as a nabi of God. Now if, in a symbolic
sense, by ‘Messiah’ or ‘son of Mary’ is meant a member of the Muslim
community who holds the rank of muhaddas, then no
Izala Auham, 1891, p. 586; RK 3: 416. [TOP]